CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

Jury's stunning verdict must await announcement

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JIM MORET, Anchor: Another development now in the O.J. Simpson trial. The jurors are being brought back into the courtroom. This will be their second time being brought into the courtroom today. Earlier today, they heard a read back of various testimony from limousine driver Allan Park. That's the person who picked O.J. Simpson up at his home the night of June 12th, 1994. We are told that the jurors requested to come back into the courtroom. They are back in the courtroom, and as soon as the camera tilts we will bring you into the courtroom. The camera is tilting down, let's take you into the courtroom right now.

Judge LANCE ITO, Los Angeles Superior Court: [in progress] -The fact that we've been rejoined by all the members of our jury panel including our two alternates. Good afternoon again, ladies and gentlemen.

JURORS: Good afternoon.

Judge LANCE ITO: Ladies and gentlemen, while we were taking our brief recess Mrs. Robertson advised me that you buzzed three times and indicated that after receiving the verdict forms that you have reached a verdict in this case, is that correct, Madame Foreman?

JURY FOREMAN: Yes, I have.

Judge LANCE ITO: All right. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to ask that- I've asked already that your foreman place the verdict forms, and, Madame Foreman, have you signed and dated one set of verdict forms?


Judge LANCE ITO: All right. And those have been placed in an envelope and sealed, correct?

JURY FOREMAN: Yes, it has.

Judge LANCE ITO: All right. Do you have that with you?

JURY FOREMAN: No, I don't.

Judge LANCE ITO: Did you leave it in the jury room?


Judge LANCE ITO: That's not a good place for it. All right. Deputy Browning, would you escort the foreperson and get the verdict forms, please?

All right. Then, if you would, Madame Foreman, would you hand the sealed envelope to Deputy Trower [sp], please. All right. Thank you very much.

All right. Ladies and gentlemen, we are missing, as you can tell, several of the attorneys. Predominantly, we're missing Ms. Clark and Mr. Cochran, and I indicated to the attorneys that I would give them a reasonable opportunity to be here for the announcement of the verdict, and I've indicated to them that I will accept the verdict from you tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. That'll give you the opportunity to pack up and take care of those things over back home, as you've called it, and so we will stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. And then what we will do tomorrow morning, Madame Foreman, is, I will return this sealed envelope to you. I'm going to ask you to examine the verdict forms to make sure they are the same ones that you have signed, that they're in the same order, have not been changed. They'll be in the custody of Mrs. Robertson overnight. And then if everything is appropriate then we'll accept the verdicts from you tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.

All right, ladies and gentlemen, then have a- your last pleasant weekend- evening and we'll see you tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. All right, we'll stand at recess, tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.


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